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Mexican Migration Field Research And Training Program

We are excited to announce that the application process for the Mexican Migration Field Research Program (MMFRP) is now open for 2018-2019. The MMFRP is a unique, year-long program for undergraduate and graduate students who want an in-depth, community-based research practicum focused on international migration.

Students involved in MMFRP work directly with migrant families and often describe their participation as a life-changing experience. Participants may be able to use the MMFRP to satisfy international field experience requirements, obtain data for thesis projects, and expand their publications records.

This year, students will conduct interviews and surveys with deportees living in migrant shelters in Tijuana and with high school students with migration experience at schools in San Diego and Tijuana. The data gathered will shed light on how migration affects families and people’s lives on both sides of the border. 

To participate, students are required to participate in a series of classes:

  1. Fall 2018: Sociology 133 – Immigration in Comparative Perspective (4 units)
  2. Winter 2019: Sociology/Urban Studies and Planning 188 – Mexican Migration Field Research Practicum (8 units, including travel and fieldwork in Tijuana)
  3. Spring 2019: Sociology 109M – Research Reporting (4 units)

All three quarters are mandatory, though exceptions will be made on a case-by-case basis. Spanish proficiency is highly recommended.

The deadline to apply is September 1, 2018, and applicants will be notified of their acceptance by the start of fall quarter. To apply, please fill out this google form (including a CV and 250-word personal statement) and enroll in Sociology 133 for Fall 2018. Please see attached flyer.